August 5, 2014

Packing Heat: Why this Mama Wants a Gun

This might end up being one of the most controversial posts I've written to date but please bear with me, even if you disagree with me. I want to hear your opinion on this.

Here goes: I'm a Mom and I want a gun.

That's right. I have a small child, a toddler in fact, that I love to the moon and back and I still want a gun. I've thought it through and I didn't arrive at this conclusion quickly. I've discussed it with my husband, family and friends and my decision is unwavering.

Here are some of my reasons:

  • It's my right as an American. The second amendment to the Bill of Rights solidifies my right as an American to own a firearm. Very few countries in the world give their citizens this same legal opportunity and because my country does, I think it's not just my right, but my duty to own a firearm.
  • Protection. I feel safe in my house and my neighborhood. My husband and I choose our location because it's a great place for our son and we had very little concerns for safety. However, I'm not naive enough to think that any place is 100% safe, all the time. I don't believe that having a gun means that I'll be inclined to use it. In fact I think it means that I will educate myself and have the utmost respect for it. However, knowing I'll have a gun tucked away, out of reach of my child, will give me peace of mind. It's just the knowledge that it's present in case of emergency that appeals to me.
  • For sport. I've never shot a gun, but I think I'd love the thrill of going to a firing range. I'm looking forward to learning about the mechanics of a firearm, growing the respect necessary to handle one and then practicing and shooting with accuracy. I love almost every sport and there's something very intriguing to me about taking a stance and calmly pulling the trigger, to gauge my precision. 
  • I'll lock it up. I'd like to think of myself as a responsible parent. I know that some of you will beg to differ after reading this post. But when I do get a gun I will take every precaution to make sure that my son and anyone that shouldn't have access to the gun, won't.  I've done some research on gun vaults and safes that use fingerprints to grant access. I wouldn't allow a gun in my home if it weren't stored in a device that was incredibly secure and the storage would need to give me the peace of mind that only and my husband can access its contents. Check out some safe gun storage options here.
  • In case there's a zombie apocalypse or if terrorists invalid America. No explanation needed here. I have my bases covered.  

Are there any gun-touting mama's out there? What other aspects of having a firearm do I need to consider? 
Be Blessed,
Brittany
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15 comments:

  1. I agree with all of the above especially that it is our right as American's! Since my husband and I are buying a house - and my irrational (or maybe rational) mind sees that as no one in other apartments to hear me scream if my husband isn't home - it's time I get on those lessons to learn how to use it.

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  2. Amen! I think it's when people make big decisions like this without thinking things through when you end up in trouble.

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  3. Bex, it's funny you say that because when we bought our home that's when and why I decided I wanted a gun!

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  4. Exactly! Ty for sharing this post! It may be controversial for some, but like I said it's all about education and knowledge is power!

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  5. Hubby has a pistol and we also have a bad ass shotgun and crossbow that we pull out if we hear something in the house. The crossbow is for me! We figure if somebody breaks into the house and sees a 140 lb woman with a crossbow, they're gonna haul outta there. Haha! Hubby wants me to get a gun though. I don't like shooting them though...I much prefer (and am better with) the crossbow.

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  6. My only comment, only, because you know I am ok with this. Keep in mind what it is for and not just have respect for the gun, but what it is used for. To be honest Brittany I never liked the idea of it being for sport! It is not for sport to me, it is a serious matter, with serious ramifications. I think, if people are educated, retain respect for the gun, meaning behind it, and the potential behind it then they can be handled correctly. To be honest its kinda like the idea that a little fear of it is not a bad thing. I think it is good to learn to protect yourself, I personally just don't like the idea of it being for sport. It's not a game to me, so the term sport just rubs me the wrong way. That's just me though.

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  7. My husband carries a gun everywhere that we go and I personally feel safer when I'm with him because I know he has it and knows how to use it. Whenever we do have kids, I know he will be responsible about having it stored somewhere safe.

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  8. Girl you are AMAZING! I bet you look great with a crossbow! I've always wanted to try hunting with one - mind you I've never been hunting either :)

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  9. My husband trained me to use a shotgun before we invested in a handgun, and I love it. It's small, light, and gives me a peace of mind when he's away. Go for it girl!

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  10. I wish I had seen this before the meetup the other night! I carry my gun around with me in my purse. Yes, I even had it at the meetup, and none of you ever knew!

    My nephew is turning 8 soon, and my family has always had guns around with him as a child. I think the big thing there is to make sure to start at a young age to teach the child that the gun is not a toy and that they need to respect it. I mean, obviously, we never left any laying around that he could get to. But he also knew that if he did come across one, not to touch it. And even with his toy guns, we taught him that you don't point it at a person, only point it at birds, squirrels, the sky, or the ground. But never at people. If you do get a gun, I highly advise hiding the fact from your child. The worst thing that could happen if you do that is they may stumble upon it, not have any idea what it is or it's dangers, and then someone gets hurt.

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  11. Wow, i never thought about having a gun that way - teaching respect for the weapon so that kids learn that they aren't toys. What a great idea. I really appreciate your poignant advice. Since I've never lived in a home with a gun I'm a complete novice. Also, I think it's so completely AWESOME that you carry! You are amazing!!!!

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  12. I think it's great when people carry, what an amazing right to have as an American. Personally I don't know if I could just because I would be scared something would happen but I can understand the security t must give to you and others.

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  13. I bet that was a great bonding experience as well. I'm really looking forward to learning - thanks for your support!

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  14. Exactly. Growing up, my brother and I were around guns. We went through Hunter's Safety and Gun Safety classes. When you are raised respecting the power (any) weapon holds, you know better than to use it as a toy or treat it carelessly. I am saving for a pistol right now for protection when my partner travels, and even when he doesn't.
    All of my younger cousins are educated the same way; with respect for guns. And they are little and can be overly busy and annoying, but they know they aren't allowed in my Aunt/Uncle's room because the gun safe is in there.

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